A graphic storytelling workshop with Selina Tusitala Marsh, former New Zealand Poet Laureate

September 25, 2023

‘Tell your tale or someone else will … or won’t.’

A Graphic Storytelling Workshop with Selina Tusitala Marsh

Date: Tuesday 21 November

Time: 10.30 am

Duration: 90 minutes

Venue: George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

Places: 15, suitable for young adults and upwards

Cost: £25


Former New Zealand Poet Laureate and award-winning graphic memoirist Selina Tusitala Marsh will share how she tells her tale through a Led By Line praxis where spoken, written and drawn lines tangle with bloodlines and landlines to create decolonial spaces and stories yet untold. Selina will lead the drawing and writing workshop based on her work Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem. In this bestseller, Selina narrates her journey from being crowned the Commonwealth Poet and being invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey, to confronting doubts about her identity and loyalties when labelled a ‘sellout’.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from the award-winning artist and writer who is on a short visit to the UK. Selina’s work encompasses memoir, children’s and young adult books and graphic storytelling.

Grab your pencil and let’s begin!

Cover image of Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh
Cover image of Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh

Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh (ONZM, FRSNZ) is a former Commonwealth Poet, New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-19) and acclaimed performer and author. She was the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland and is now a Professor of English specialising in Pasifika literature. Her first collection, the bestselling Fast Talking PI, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2010. Her debut children’s book and memoir, Mophead: How Your Difference Makes a Difference, was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and was followed by the bestselling Mophead Tu: The Queen’s Poem. Her third book in her award-winning Mophead series, Wot Knot You Got? Mophead’s Guide to Life is out this November. In this one-of-a-kind, hands-on playbook, she chooses 11 real-life questions, identifies its knotty nature, and helps her readers untangle themselves with creative writing exercises.

Find out more about Selina's work here.

Selina Tusitala Marsh


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